Ahead of its scheduled debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show this January, the enthusiastic folks over at Mini have revealed the Mini John Cooper Works concept. As we’ve come to expect, the latest JCW performance study from Mini is full of promise, punch, and flair.
The John Cooper Works concept previews the first Mini variant that will arrive following the standard 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop that goes on sale in March 2014. Based on the new hardtop, the 2014 Mini John Cooper Works concept has a longer wheelbase and wider track than its predecessor, which will hopefully add sporting dynamics as well as a smidge more interior room.
In terms of looks, the Mini John Cooper Works concept appears just about production-ready. Consistent with the wily flavor of previous JCW offerings, model-specific additions include a comprehensive aerodynamic kit comprised of side skirts, rear flaps and diffuser, rear spoiler, twin-tailpipes hooked up to a new sport exhaust system, and a sharper front bumper with brawny intakes. A familiar two-color paint scheme with painted mirror caps, sport stripes, plenty of JCW badging, and 18-inch light alloy wheels carry a personality that is unmistakably Mini in its presence and extroversion.
Mini has not announced any powertrain information on the Mini JCW concept, although we expect a highly-tuned version of the new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine used in the 189-hp 2014 Mini Cooper S. The last generation Mini John Cooper Works boasted 208 hp, already somewhat of a handful in such a small car, but look for the next Mini JCW to get even more power to compensate for the new generation’s additional size and weight.
The production-ready Mini John Cooper Works should be released sometime after March 2014, but for now look for the Mini John Cooper Works concept at the 2014 Detroit auto show.